Monday, July 31, 2006

Brand New Box

Uschi investigates his new box

Both Tanj and Uschi do have a bit of a fixation on every new box that comes into our home. Tanj likes to pounce on new boxes, Uschi likes to stand in the new box and survey his domain from that position.

Wow, a new box!

"Somehow" the box tips over...

and that attracts Tanj.

Tanj wants to investigate the box too..

Uschi watches Tanj closely,
after all Uschi found the box first!

Uschi thinks Tanj has had enough box time...

Uh-oh, Tanj is standing in Uschi's box -
that's Uschi's favorite position!

After a bit of a wrestle with Uschi,
Tanj settles for the box "stuffing"

While Uschi stands in his box.

After a bit of standing...

Uschi plays with the stuffing too.

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Sunday, July 30, 2006

Random Pictures II

Today's blog will be another collection of random pictures that have been building up. The pictures are ones that we liked and complement some of the "story line" blogs already posted, but didn't seem to build a story in themselves.

is getting less tolerant while having a manicure.

Uschi sits further away when onions are being cut

The boys like to lay on the table...

and in the many deep windows...

and of course on the clean towels.

We don't like "human" food,... well,...

What is this?

Tanj being held on "film"

Ready to nap on the ottoman

Tanj and the Bristle Brush Ring

The boys explore the Elec-Trak

"Cat Training",... Whateverrrrr!

Random Pictures I

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Saturday, July 29, 2006

Dinner Din

Tanj's mice and glitter balls are always the first to arrive

All pet owners likely know meal-time excitement; our experiences are probably no different. If the boys are not already standing "calmly" and "quietly" next to us, it just takes the most subtle sound of moving their dishes to bring them galloping. They will bang through the cat door arriving from their kennel, when just moments before they wanted nothing to do with us, as they were in their outside space acting like wild cats, stalking moths or dirt balls. If asleep, they will wake from an apparently stressful nap and hit the floor in full stride as if they were completely awake the entire time.

Uschi typically sits still right behind us and makes his presence know with ever escalating meows. Tanj makes his presence known by standing on his hind legs and bouncing off the cabinet doors while adding his own special notes. Their cacophoninous din reaches its creschendo just as their food is being delivered. Then there is a breaths long silence before the "slurping movement" begins. Tanj always laps up the juice and pushes the chunks off the plate. Once a chunk is off the plate he doesn't seem to find it, Uschi does however. They have not yet fought over food or pushed the other out of the way if one finishes first; they are amazingly polite eaters, if not the most patient while waiting to be served.

No pictures, FOOD-TIME

Uschi sits, Tanj runs around

Uschi still sitting, Tanj not so much

Maybe the food is under here?

Come ONnnnnn

Faster Mommmm

Uschi cleans up Tanj's stray chunks


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Friday, July 28, 2006


With our boys, anything,... ANYTHING can be a toy. Recently we had relatives visiting and Miles was laying on the floor playing with the boys. He slipped his hand between the wall to wall carpeting and the decorative living room carpet and made a scratching noise. The boys instantly,...

homed in

on the new lump in the carpet
that was making an exciting new noise

Uschi attacked the carpet, while Tanj observed.

Soon the lump disappeared


Uschi lifted up the corner of the rug to see if
anything was still hiding under there.

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Thursday, July 27, 2006

Spotted Bengal Goat

Our daily trail "walks" involve lots of running/chasing, pouncing, stalking, wrestling, leaping, investigating dirt mounds, fruit harvesting, "fishing" in vermin holes, tree climbing, flower sniffing, "wildlife" watching, playing with water snakes, and of course grazing. The boys, especially Tanj, love to munch on blades of grass as we walk along.

I can see it in his eye,
Uschi is munching on a blade of grass

Tanj samples a dry grass flower

But prefers fresh green blades

Nothing beats laying on a mound of dirt
while munching grass

Tanj chews his cud


Going in search of

more grass

to attack

and mow short.

Who needs a lawn mower?,...
when you have a Spotted Bengal Goat.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

New Brush Box

The boys love their bristle brush toy, but they have pulled out many of the bristles, spreading them all over the floor, and have bent the arch into a bit of a pretzel. Our intent was that it would be a type of self-grooming tool, but it has turned into a big teething ring. So, we were really excited to run across a different type of brush toy at a cat store in Newport, Oregon. The first amazing thing was that in the middle of the old fishing bayfront area of Newport there was a store totally dedicated to cats, the second amazing thing was that the toy we wanted, the "Feline Fantasy Brush" was on sale! Well, there were a few other purchases too, but that's another blog. We decided to keep the boxed toy outside for a few days since the boys had a "few" other new toys to play with. However, on one of our nightly trail walks, Uschi discovered the box, so we moved it inside to open later. Within a few hours, Tanj found the new location of the box, and we figured, "boy, they really want that toy..." Needless to say, they wanted the BOX.

Uschi finds our toy "hiding place" outside.

Later, Tanj finds the box too, and "fishes" inside.

We break down and bring the box out in the open.

Hurry up and open the box!

The boys help open the box...

They seem a little impatient to get the brush out of the box...

But once the brush is out, the boys only give it a brief
glance, and then get on with attacking the box.

Somehow the photo of the brush is getting more attention
than the real thing!

Wow, there's a hole here!

Look Uschi, my head's in the hole!

Uschi can't resist the attacking potential
of a "stuck" Tanj

Uschi has to try fitting through the hole too...

...and Tanj returns the pounce.

Tanj brings his mouse over to see the box

and curls up on the box for a nap

I love my new box!

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